Iron is an essential trace element and is necessary for the formation of red blood cells and certain enzymes.
This iron test checks the amount of iron in the blood to see how well iron is metabolized in the body.
Iron tests are used to check for iron deficiency anaemia, check for a condition called haemochromatosis, check nutritional status or to check to see if iron and nutritional treatment is working.
Iron (Fe) is a mineral needed for haemoglobin, the protein in red blood cells that carries oxygen.
Iron is also needed for energy, good muscle and organ function.
Roughly 70% of the body's iron is bound to haemoglobin. The rest is bound to other proteins or stored in other body tissues. When red blood cells die, their iron is released and carried by transferrin to the bone marrow and to other organs such as the liver and spleen. In the bone marrow, iron is stored and used as needed to make new red blood cells.
Recent consumption of iron-rich foods, or of iron pills or tablets, can affect test results, as can recent blood transfusions. Alcohol and drugs, such as oral contraceptives, can increase iron levels, whereas testosterone, large doses of aspirin, metformin, and ACTH (adrenocorticotropic hormone) can decrease them.
Postage & Packaging
Special pre-paid packaging is provided to return your sample safely, by first class post, to our laboratory for testing.
A Medical History & Lifestyle questionnaire is included with this test. It covers important areas such as illness, injuries, medical conditions, medication, family health history and much more.
The Medical History & Lifestyle questionnaire provides us with vital information which can affect how your results are interpreted and what advice you receive.
Copy of Laboratory Results
You will have secure online access to your medical reports and results held on our secure web servers. If required, we will also send you a hard copy by post.
Our web servers are secure and protected by the latest SSL certificate. The 128bit SSL encryption assures that information is kept private between our web servers and your web browser.
Samples are analysed at a private accredited laboratory.
Interpretation of Results
Abnormal results will be explained and relevant advice provided.
Your personalised Helpline Card will allow you access free confidential medical advice.
Simply order one of our Home-to-Lab tests or health checks online and we will send you the appropriate sample collection kit(s) with easy to follow instructions.
Take the sample in the privacy of your own home then post to our laboratory for fast, accurate testing. For those tests requiring a finger prick blood sample, please see our video guide opposite.
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